Assembled Vehicles

Some owners want to know how they can title and register an assembled vehicle. An assembled vehicle is:

  1. One built (assembled) from new or used materials and parts by someone not recognized as a manufacturer (usually an individual). Example: homemade vehicle.
  2. One altered or modified to the extent that it no longer reflects its original manufacturer configuration. Example: a Volkswagen made into a dune buggy. 
  3. One which has had its body unit (passenger body or pickup truck cab) replaced with a different style body unit from another vehicle, altering the vehicle's original configuration. 
    Example: A Ford pickup truck has its cab replaced with a Chevrolet cab or with a different-style Ford cab, altering its original manufacturer configuration.  
    A vehicle which has had its body unit (passenger body or pickup truck cab) replaced with an identical style body unit which does not alter the vehicle's original configuration is re-titled as a reconstructed vehicle.  Example: A 2014 Ford pickup truck has its cab replaced with an identical cab from a 2012 Ford pickup. A new state-assigned VIN is issued.  The original year and make are retained.
  4. One assembled from a kit designed for on-road use (often called "kit cars"), even if a Manufacturers Certificate of Origin is provided. 

NOTE: Vehicles manufactured as an off-road vehicle (ORV), all-terrain vehicle (ATV), off-road dune buggy, or golf cart cannot be titled as an assembled vehicle for on-road use.

Procedure to title an assembled vehicle:

  1. You will need ownership documents for all vehicles or major component parts used in assembling the vehicle. This includes:

    - Titles
    - Assigned ownership documents (example: Release of Abandoned Vehicle notice from police department)
    - Original bills of sale

    The following parts must be accounted for in the ownership documents presented:

    Motor Vehicle
    Engine, Transmission, Body Parts (doors, front and rear clips), Frame including axles.
    Engine, Frame, Front end assembly including the fork, Wheels, Seat
    Titled Trailer or Trailer Coach 
    Running Gear (frame axle and wheels)

  2. You will also be asked to complete a certification statement summarizing the building of the vehicle. It should include:

    - A description of the vehicle and its parts,
    - Who assembled the vehicle,
    - When and where it was assembled or reconstructed,
    - Any special information about the vehicle to assist the investigator.

  3. A Vehicle Number/On-Road Equipment Inspection (form TR-54) completed by a MI police officer must be submitted. The inspection will verify the vehicle has all equipment required for on-road registration.

  4. All assembled vehicles require a state-assigned vehicle identification number (VIN). There is a $10 fee for this.

  5. When you apply for your assembled vehicle title, tax is due on all parts unless paid at time of purchase.

  6. A license plate or 30-day or 60-day temporary permit cannot be sold until the Department's Regulatory Monitoring Division places the assigned VIN sticker on the vehicle and releases the new title to the owner. The Regulatory Monitoring Division will contact you for an appointment, usually at a local State Police Post or Secretary of State branch office.

Related Documents
Instructions for Titling an Assembled Vehicle (BFS-72) PDF icon
Vehicle Number/On-Road Equipment Inspection Form (TR-54) HTML icon